We just returned from a wonderful trip to Maine. Last Thursday I went to the Maine State Archives and State Library looking for information about the Templeton Family, especially Fred and Hermon Templeton’s mother, Emily Sears. The Templeton family lost contact with Emily after the death of her husband, John Frank Templeton in 1879. What happened during her next 53 years?
I was very happy when I found her record of death in 1932. I was even more delighted in finding an obituary in the Bangor Daily News.
However, like many puzzles: pieces found and now new questions to ask. I have laid out the story and questions in much greater detail on a new page focused on her story. This is the first time I knew that she spent some of her last few years in Bangor, Maine. Her obituary says that she was the widow of Frank Jenkins. That’s also new information. That’s what makes these quests so interesting!
We also had a chance to visit her grave in very rural Willimantic in Piscataquis County, Maine and see this very tiny community where Ruth’s grandfather was born.